We first check the fireplace system or wood stove to see if it needs cleaned. We visually inspect the chimney, firebox, smoke shelf and damper for soundness.
Sweeping a fireplace does not create a mess because we take extra precaution. We protect the floor with a large drop cloth. The soot sweeper with its powerful vacuum and dust free filter and hose will provide a dust and soot free environment. Chimney sweeping remove dangerous, flammable creosote from inside the flue.
When should I get my chimney inspected?
- Before each heating season
- Before installation of a new fuel burning appliance (wood stove, gas logs, new furnace or water heater)
- Before purchasing a new home
- Immediately after a chimney fire or house fire
- If your home has been struck by lightening
- If your chimney has been hit by a fallen tree or other events that may have caused impact damage
- If you notice water stains on the inside or outside of your home in an area near the chimney
- If the roof has been replaced
The National Fire Protection Association recommends chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected and/or cleaned at least once a year.
What happens when you burn wood?
- The smokier the fire… The more the creosote builds up.
- The buildup of creosote is unavoidable in your fireplace, wood stove, or insert.
- Creosote and soot reduce the draft and diminish the efficiency of your heating system.
- Creosote is the primary fuel in most chimney fires!
- If you have a chimney fire . . . Call the fire department immediately and get your family out of the house